It's Official: ABC Confirms 'Roseanne' Spinoff Minus Roseanne Barr
The series will star the rest of the cast and will reportedly be called 'The Conners'.
Following the axing of the Roseanne revival after Roseanne Barr went on a racist Twitter rant last month, ABC officially announced a new spinoff series called The Conners (working title) -- sans Barr.
ABC have greenlit an initial 10 episodes for the series, set to drop sometime around spring in Australia. The cast will include the rest of the Roseanne revival cast including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.
While there were earlier concerns that Barr would profit from a spinoff series despite not actually appearing in it, it has now been revealed that the 65-year-old will have no financial or creative involvement with the new series after she reached a settlement with series producer Tom Werner.
“Tom Werner and Roseanne Barr have reached an agreement that will allow Werner Entertainment to produce a spinoff of the Roseanne series for ABC without Barr’s further creative or financial participation,” Werner and Barr said in a joined statement.
"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” Barr added. "I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved”
There’s no word yet on how exactly the show is set to reference the title character’s departure, with the network stating there will simply be "a sudden turn of events".
“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said in a statement.
Cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman also released a joint statement.
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
Added Werner, “We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”
We can’t wait!
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